Louisville city council committee votes to ban ‘conversion therapy’

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LOUISVILLE — Kentucky’s largest city moved closer to a ban on “conversion therapy” on Wednesday.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that a Louisville Metro Council committee voted unanimously to ban the practice. It now goes to the full council.

The newspaper said the ban will get a vote on Sept. 17.

The proposed ordinance would prevent public funds from going toward any entity, organization or individual that provides ‘conversion therapy’ to a minor. According to the Courier-Journal, Louisville would be only the second Kentucky city to ban the practice. The first was Covington, a suburb of Cincinnati.

A bill to ban the practice statewide was filed earlier this year, but it didn’t make it to the full assembly.

Illinois banned “conversion therapy” in 2015.

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